Jammu, Jan 27: Governor N N Vohra hoisted the tricolour at the State level function on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day at Maulana Azad Stadium on Friday morning, which was attended by 25,000 to 30,000 persons.
The Governor inspected the parade and took the salute at an impressive march past which was commanded by Col Sriram S of 1st Battalion J&K Light Infantry.
The smart contingents participating in the Parade were from the Army, Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, men and women contingents of the JKAP, J&K Police, State Disaster Response Force, Haryana Police, J&K Fire and Emergency Services, J&K Forest Protection Force, Excise Department, SSB 66 Battalion, ex-Servicemen, NCC Boys and Girls, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Boys and Girls from various schools, Bands of Army, BSF, J&K Police, Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police and of several Boys and Girls Schools.
A colourful cultural pageantry based on national integration and the glorious composite heritage of the State was presented by several thousand students from various local schools on this occasion.
Army Weapons and Equipment Display by Army, demonstration of Martial Arts by skilled men and women and Motorcycle Acrobatics display by Dare-Devils of J&K Police was witnessed by jam-packed audience in the Stadium.
Other attractions of the programme included tableau on “Save Water Safe Water, Judicious Use of Water and Rain Water Harvesting” by Executive Director, CCDU, Department of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Jammu; “Construct and Use Toilets for Healthy and Happy Life” by the Directorate of Rural Sanitation, Jammu; ” Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritive Abhiyan” by NRHM, Jammu; “Swach Bharat Mission (Urban)” by Jammu Municipal Corporation; “Energy Conservation” by the Department of Science & Technology, Jammu and Young Sports achievers by Youth Services and Sports.
Usha Vohra, First Lady; Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister; Kavinder Gupta, Speaker Legislative Assembly; Haji Anayat Ali, Chairman, Legislative Council; Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi, Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly; Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Minister for Finance; Abdul Ghani Kohli, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry; Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, Minister for Tourism; Legislators; and Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, Chief Justice of J&K High Court and Judges of the State High Court, senior Civil, Police and Army officers, political and social activists, prominent citizens, media persons and the citizenry were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile all Republic Day programmes in Kashmir, including the main event in Srinagar, passed off peacefully amid tight security in view of intelligence reports suggesting that militants might target the functions.
No untoward incident was reported in the Valley. “The Republic Day functions at all district headquarters passed off peacefully,” a senior police officer said.
The main official function was held at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, where Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri presided over the event.
All roads leading to the stadium were sealed after intelligence inputs suggested the possibility that militants or other “anti-national” elements may try to disrupt the event, officials said. Security forces had laid down a multi-layer cordon around the stadium.
The stadium hosted the parade for the first time as the regular venue, Bakshi stadium, is being renovated.
Multiple checkpoints had been set up near the stadium. The function at the stadium was attended mostly by state government officials and a few political workers.
The celebrations were under threat as intelligence inputs had suggested that a non-Kashmiri female suicide bomber might try to disrupt the parade at one of the venues, the officials had said.
Another intelligence input had suggested that a group of five Lashkar-e-Taiba militants had entered the city and could stage an attack on security forces on Republic Day, they had said.